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VCU at No. 6 Virginia
Date & Time Sunday, Jan. 18 | 12 p.m.
Location Charlottesville, Va. | Boyd Tinsley Courts
Coverage Live Scoring | Live Video
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Jan. 16, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 6 Virginia opens its 2015 dual season against in-state rival VCU on Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. First serve at the Boyd Tinsley Courts is set for 12 p.m.

Virginia owns a 12-9 advantage in the all-time series against VCU and returns five starters from last year’s team that captured its first ACC championship and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. In addition, the Cavaliers won a school-best 24 matches and Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) became the first UVa women’s player to capture the NCAA singles title.

The Cavaliers’ No. 6 preseason ranking marks a program-best, eclipsing the No. 9 ranking to begin the 2012 season. Junior All-American Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), Stephanie Nauta (Galveston, Texas) and Collins lead the list of returnees for Virginia.

Elbaba (12-2) is currently the No. 1 ranked women’s player after winning the singles title at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in November. Nauta is ranked a career-best No. 16 after posting a team-best 15-4 fall mark and winning the USTA/ITA Atlantic Region singles title in October. Collins is ranked No. 42 after missing most of the fall season with a wrist injury.

Junior Maci Epstein (Winter Park, Fla.) and sophomore Marie Faure (Toulouse, France) also return from last year’s team. Epstein posted a 24-14 mark last season and Faure was 22-8.

Newcomers Skylar Morton (Bethesda, Md.) and Cassie Mercer (Huntington, W.Va.) are ranked No. 11 in doubles after posting an 11-3 fall record and winning the USTA/ITA Atlantic Region doubles title in October. Elbaba and Nauta remain No. 22 in doubles. Junior Taylor Wingo (Newport News, Va.) joined the team in January.

Admission to all women’s tennis home matches is FREE. Live video and scoring is available for the match on VirginiaSports.com.

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